Hold onto your Apple Watches, because a major software update is on the horizon! According to a report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the watchOS 10 update will feature the biggest overhaul of the wearable's software since its initial release in 2015. Although specific details are currently scarce, Apple is expected to introduce a revamped interface for the device during the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June.
The updated versions of iOS and iPadOS are also set to be released during WWDC, but it's the watchOS update that's causing the most excitement. Gurman has previously reported on Apple's plans to update the Apple Watch's operating system, but now positions the upgrade as the most significant user interface update since the Watch's launch.
While we don't know exactly what the updated interface will entail, Gurman promises that it will tell you "most of what you need to know about the Apple Watch in 2023." The report suggests that the rest of the hardware changes will be minimal, making the software update the Watch's biggest news and main focus.
Many designers have previously taken a stab at revamping the Apple Watch's home screen, with various watchOS concepts that rethink the array of tiny apps you navigate with a finger. The updated watchOS 10 is expected to bring "bigger enhancements" than the releases planned for iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV, and while it's not referred to as a complete redesign, careful parsing of the wording suggests that it won't be a minor tweak either.
As Apple's WWDC 2023 approaches, anticipation for a fresh experience for the Apple Watch is growing. With numerous iOS releases that have rethought how apps are organized and engaged with, the Watch's software is starting to feel a little dated. But with limited screen real estate and the use of complications instead of widgets to display information, creating a smartwatch interface requires different ideas and types of interactions.
Despite this challenge, Apple is expected to deliver a software update that will impress even the most demanding Apple Watch users. The WWDC will run from June 5 through June 9, and we can't wait to see what Apple has in store for us.